Monday, June 6, 2005
Yours, not mine.
Gershon Jacobson (Yakubashvilli) died last week. This is news to no one. In recounting his years as editor of the Algemeiner Journal, much was said about him in Charedi(man, I hate that word, especially in English literature)circles, much of it negative. The reason is mostly because he disrespected Gedolim (there's another English word for you).
One may wonder, "well did he?", and if he did then maybe the criticism is warranted? But what they fail to realize is the one-sidedness of such a comment. While all other newspapers who spew their hatred of anyone minutely different on a daily or weekly basis are considered "organs" and "mouthpieces" of The "charedi" and "torah" communities, for some reason Gershon's mostly DEFENSIVE stands and opinions were derogatory and disrespectful. Was he expected as the only (somewhat weak) voice Lubavitch had for many years in the Jewish/Yiddish press to sit quietly and just take it from everybody, i.e. "Turn the other cheek?".
Are people so stupid and short-sighted?